How COVID-19 Exposed the Shortcomings of How We Use Data

Data and Healthcare

Many of us spent much of 2020 looking at news reports and websites filled with visual representations of COVID-19 data. We saw epidemiological modelling, financial modelling, graphs, mortality rates, and much more all represented in vivid colors and complex, intersecting lines and bars. Among the many reasons for which we will remember 2020, one will be that it was the year the benefits of data went mainstream.

Yet the COVID-19 pandemic also exposed many of the ways our policies concerning data sharing, quality, and governance have fallen short and failed to provide decision-makers with the information they need when they need it. Although the pandemic is far from over, the development of multiple vaccines that will slow its advance means we must start assessing what we have learned, creating new plans of action, and preparing for making sure we are better prepared next time.

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Sharing Expert Knowledge: A Look at Some of our 2020 Webinars

2020 Intelex Webinars

The coronavirus pandemic has made 2020 a year of crisis, financial devastation, and human tragedy. At the same time, it’s been the catalyst for unprecedented introspection and analysis about the way our world works and what we need to do better to help the people that need it most.

  1. A Look Ahead at 2021—More of the Same for EHS or a Whole New Ballgame?
    • Attorneys Michael Taylor and Adam Roseman from the law firm of Greenberg Traurig look back at 2020 to see what EHS will look like in 2021.
  2. How Quality Professionals Should Gather High-Quality Data to Inform Truly Effective Decision Making via Neuroscience
    • Dr. Gleb Tsipursky discusses how to avoid cognitive biases and blindspots that can give us bad information and result in poor decision making.Moving from Data Collection to Data Decisions—Supporting Business Continuity During a Crisis
  3. Moving from Data Collection to Data Decisions—Supporting Business Continuity During a
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How Will AI Accelerate “Positive Disruption” in EHSQ in 2021?

How AI will impact EHSQ

With the upsurge in the popularity and widespread use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the past few years, it was only a matter of time before it made headway in the EHSQ space. From automating compliance to optimizing processes, it is playing a vital role in driving efficiency and boosting performance.

In previous years, the word disruption had a negative connation to it. Only recently – and in specific areas of the business world – has it been seen in a positive light. In the technology sector, disruption has become synonymous with a strategic breakthrough or indicates a revolutionary change.

The EHSQ space, however, has some catching up to. That’s not to say that there aren’t certain technologies that are shaking things up, creating “disruption.” Artificial Intelligence (AI) just happens to be one of them.


The Origins and Applicability of AI


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How AI Is Changing the Way People Shop on Black Friday

Black Friday and AI

The retail industry, like many others, is currently experiencing a significant transformation, both by the upsurge in online shopping as well as through the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help forecast sales and enhance the customer experience. As such, AI is helping retailers predict consumer demand, and it provides them with insights to help develop personalized services to consumers during their online purchasing journey.

Despite the fact that 2020 has been a challenging year, it’s safe to say that many Americans will be trying to make the most of the holiday season – soon to be kicking off with Thanksgiving, followed by ever-exciting Black Friday!

Although COVID-19 has brought about serious disruptions to the economy, the effects to retail have been mixed. At the highest level, in-store shopping is expected take a serious hit this year, however, online holiday spending is forecasted to “surpass $189B in 2020 Read more...

How to Drive Business Transformation through Heightened Collaboration

Collaboration Drives Business Results

One of the qualities of critical thinkers, particularly in the business space, is to apply creative thinking either to solve business problems or identify opportunities. This ability to “reject standardized formats for problem solving” can be of great benefit, particularly during unpredictable times.

To say that 2020 brought about serious challenges to business leaders would be an understatement. From developing business continuity plans to doing a complete overhaul of their business model, these individuals have had to channel their ability to respond quickly, be agile, be resourceful and be confident in their decisions.

With over 85% of executives attributing the lack of collaboration or ineffective communication for workplace failures, many leaders have looked at people-focused approaches to solve current challenges.

This brings us to the objective of this blog: to examine how some leaders used collaboration as an engine to maintain productivity, drive employee engagement and boost employee morale.… Read more...

Meeting Management or Meeting Madness? (ie., I Don’t Want to Zoom and Take Me Off Your Teams)

Meeting Management Best Practices
Why meeting management needs to be top-of-mind for managers and employees.

I’ve been a remote worker for nearly 3 years. When I first started, I was one of only four team members who was remote. I frequently was excluded from meetings. Not because my input wasn’t wanted or needed, but because people would forget to dial me/us in. To say it was frustrating is an understatement; infuriating might be closer to the truth.

I now refer to that time as “the good old days.”

Fast-forward to 2020 and everyone at my company works remotely. Microsoft Teams and Zoom have become ubiquitous. Those 5-minute “chats” beside someone’s desk or at the coffee machine have turned into 30-minute meetings. We’ve scheduled multiple full-day meetings via Zoom and I have one word for those: Brutal.

I know I’m not alone in feeling like I’m spending much more time meeting and much less time … Read more...

EHSQ Management Just Got Smarter: Intelex Acquires Compliance Automation Innovator ehsAI

Intelex acquires ehsAI
Artificial intelligence and machine learning enable ehsAI’s automation technology, propelling Intelex’s leadership in compliance management to the next level and beyond.

Intelex Technologies, ULC, a leading global provider of SaaS-based Environmental, Health, Safety and Quality (EHSQ) management software, announced it has acquired ehsAI, a next wave compliance automation technology provider. ehsAI uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to help organizations greatly reduce the costs and risks of permitting and compliance management.

“We are thrilled to have ehsAI join Intelex,” said Justin McElhattan, president of Intelex. “ehsAI augments our compliance management solutions and existing regulatory content partnerships. We look forward to innovating in collaboration with ehsAI to solve real customer pains with applied intelligence and advanced analytics. Whether it be compliance for environmental, health, safety, or quality compliance requirements, the possibilities are limitless.”

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Your Remaining 2020 EHS Budget: It’s a Race to Use It or Lose It

2021 Budget Use or Lose It

2020 was a bumpy road for all of us. Start 2021 ahead of the race by taking your remaining budget and uplevel your organization’s environment, health & safety and quality efforts. It’s time to “Use it or Lose it.”

As an EHSQ professional, you have been on the frontline of this pandemic. Maybe you discovered that you were missing some of the tools you needed to help your organization and employees survive and thrive. Now is the time to “use it or lose it” when it comes time to spending your EHSQ budget and get those tools you need to beat the competition when it comes to EHSQ performance. Since there’s not much time left until 2021, now’s the time to up-level your EHSQ strategy:

  • Be more agile with solutions that can evolve and adapt to changing internal and external factors
  • Be better at dealing with ongoing risks associated
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How 5G Technology will Revolutionize the Manufacturing Industry

5G Technology Tech Tuesdays

In the words of author Sukant Ratnakar: “Our future success is directly proportional to our ability to understand, adopt and integrate new technology into our work.” While there are many who believe that technology is the engine behind driving progress, there are others who view these advancements are a sign of the end of humanity. 5G technology, while at its infancy from a widespread adoption perspective, just happens to be one of them.

Let’s demystify 5G technology, and explore its impacts to the manufacturing sector, with a special focus on the manufacturing safety.


The Basics of 5G Technology


5G technology, because it’s the fifth generation of wireless networking technology, can hyper-accelerate the speed of mobile phones to approximately 10 gigabits per second. To put it into context, this is more than 600X faster that today’s 4G-powered phones. On top of that, it serves as a catalyst … Read more...

The Rise and Rise of Data-Based Decision-Making: Incorporating Agile Practices into EHSQ Business Continuity Planning

Importance of data-based decisions

In the words of Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist: “Success today requires the agility and drive to constantly rethink, reinvigorate, react, and reinvent.”

Put another way, in a world dealing with the impact of COVID-19, organizations should essentially be in a perpetual state of movement or advancement to be able to withstand future disruptions.


Transitioning from the Immediate Response Phase to the Forward-Looking Business Continuity Phase


To provide context, let’s look at the situation from the beginning. Immediately following the outbreak of COVID-19, during what we refer to as the respond phase. In this phase, organizations went into full-blown solutions mode to resolve pressing issues. Key examples of this include: tracking the exposure of employees who may have been exposed to the virus, ramping up case management efforts to monitor injuries, keeping on top of work restrictions and recording and reporting employees’ medical visits. Essentially, organizations had to stop … Read more...